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ANZSOG Adjunct Research Fellow, Curtin University

Dr John Butcher is an Adjunct Research Fellow with the John Curtin Institute of Public Policy at Curtin University. John was a co-investigator in a research project investigating the determinants for success when working across organisational and sector boundaries. John co-authored (with David Gilchrist, UWA) a book based on the research, Collaboration for Impact (ANU Press 2020). John's work focuses on the working relationship between government entities and non-state actors, principally the not-for-profit sector. John's publications include ‘The Three Sector Solution: Delivering public policy in collaboration with not-for-profits and business’ (with David Gilchrist, ANU Press 2016) and 'Policy in Action: The challenge of service delivery' (with John Wanna and Benoît Freyens, UNSW Press 2009).


  • 2017–present
    Co-investigator, ANZSOG/JCIPP, Curtin University
  • 2015–present
    ANZSOG Adjunct Research Fellow, Australian National University


  • 2014 
    Australian National University, PhD Political Science
  • 1986 
    University of British Columbia, MA Geography


  • 2016
    ‘Investing in Not-for-Profit Sector Capacity: The Australian Capital Territory’s Community Sector Development Program (CSDP)’, , Australian Journal of Public Administration, Vol. 75, Issue 2, pages 249-257
  • 2016
    ‘Health and Social Policy’, Chapter 11 in C. Aulich (ed) From Abbott to Turnbull: A new direction? Australian Commonwealth Administration 2013-2016, Echo Books, Canberra
  • 2016
    The Three Sector Solution: Delivering public policy in collaboration with not-for-profits and business, ANZSOG with the ANU Press, Canberra
  • 2015
    ‘Squaring the virtuous circle: Exploring the potential of the 'Five Cs', Australian Journal of Public Administration. Vol. 74, Issue 2, pages 249-256
  • 2015
    ‘New Zealand’s Relationship Accord: A case study in the politics of cross-sector rapprochement’, . Cosmopolitan Civil Societies: An Interdisciplinary Journal. Vol. 7, No 2, pages 32-59
  • 2015
    'The Third Sector and Government in Australia: Not-for-profit Reform under Labor (2007-2013)', Australian Journal of Political Science. Vol. 50, Issue 1, pages 148-163
  • 2014
    with Bronwen Dalton, ‘Cross-sector partnership and human services in Australian states and territories: Reflections on a mutable relationship', Policy and Society, Vol. 33, Issue 2, pages 141-153
  • 2013
    ‘The National Compact: civilising the relationship between government and the not-for-profit sector in Australia’, Chapter 11 in Rachel Laforest (ed) Government-Nonprofit Relations in Times of Recession, McGill University Press
  • 2012
    with John Casey and Bronwen Dalton, ‘An Australian National Compact – Something old, something new?’, Nonprofit Policy Forum. Volume 3, Issue 2
  • 2011
    ‘An Australian Compact with the Third Sector: Challenges and Prospects’, Third Sector Review, Vol. 17, No. 1, pp. 35-58
  • 2010
    with Benoît Freyens, ‘Competition and Collaboration in the Contracting of Family Relationship Centres’, The Australian Journal of Public Administration, Vol. 70, No. 1, pp. 15–33
  • 2008
    Australia Under Construction: Nation-building past, present and future, ANZSOG with the ANU Press, Canberra

Grants and Contracts

  • 2016
    ANZSOG Research Grant
    Funding Source:
    Australia and New Zealand School of Government